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May I ask what exactly "threading" is?  It sounds terribly painful!  :-X

Janet R.

Books about the Romanovs and Imperial Russia / Re: Duplicate Books
« on: March 19, 2005, 03:54:34 PM »

Aloha all!

I just noticed that I have two identical books of the Peter Kurth "Anastasia; The Riddle of Anna Anderson". ???

Now I know this has been hashed to death and back....but if anyone would like this book either for gratis or trade....let me know and I'd be happy to send it off to you!

Regardless of whether you are a believer or is a fascinating read and well worth your time. :D

Best Regards,
Janet Rasmussen


That is Alexei with his "sailor nanny" Derevenko on the Standart.

Books about the Romanovs and Imperial Russia / Re: Duplicate Books
« on: March 12, 2005, 08:25:24 PM »

I have a fictional mystery/spy book called "The House of Special Purpose" by Christopher Hyde that I'd be happy to send off or trade.  :D

It is a paperback that I ordered from thinking it was the Sydney Gibbes book.  When I rec'd it however it was set in WWII and just has too much spy stuff in it for me. :-/

I was send a message by one of our members however saying that it was actually a very good read.  I really don't care for most fictionalized books - especially when they somewhat veer off the Romanov subject for any length of time - so it is up for grabs!   :D

Just message me and I'll send it to you! ;D
Janet Rasmussen

Tsarevich Alexei Nicholaievich / Re: Close Relations with Anastasia
« on: March 12, 2005, 08:10:02 PM »

Yes, I have read in many books how Alexei and Anastasia had a special bond - something like "ESP" I think they called it!  ::)

I don't know how to post pictures (hopefully someone else will) , but if you look at some of the Anastasia pictures in her section, I'm sure you will find some of her and Alexei.  I have seen many of them together - one of the sweetest is of the two of them in a chair on the balcony of the palace - they look like they just adore each other!  :-*

I think that is why sometimes Maria felt a little "out of sync" - she was the inbetween girl and didn't really fit in with Anastasia (or was bossed around by her) and certainly didn't with the "Big Pair" either.   :-[

It seems to me that as Anastasia and Alexei got older, the closeness was a little less apparent, but when they were young, they were very close.
Janet R.

The Imperial Family / Re: The Imperial children "sad,sheltered" life?
« on: March 12, 2005, 08:00:09 PM »

I have to agree with both Sarai and Janet W. on their assessments.  :)

I really don't think that the GD's felt themselves isolated and deprived in a big way.  

I know that Tatiana expressed a wish for a friend - but in no way do I ever get the feeling from reading books that they felt deprived or rebellious about it.  Rather, they showed a deep devotion to each other which I don't think we can really understand from this point in time.  The situation into which they were thrust was unique and ultimately they relied on each other (and parents) for support and love.  Which they received.

This is one of the things that makes me feel ultimately better about their deaths - they were together and I'm sure each of them would have wanted it that way (my opinion at least).
Janet R.

The Imperial Family / Re: Disciplining the children
« on: March 12, 2005, 07:51:37 PM »
 :) :(

Not to idealize the IF too much - but in all my reading about them -- I have to say that I too don't believe that the type of punishment which would include "whipping" with either a switch or belt would be in the makeup of either Nicholas or Alexandra.  

Now I don't know to what extent they condoned any type of physical punishment by their tutors - I can't imagine that it would be much more than a stern talking to.  

Until I hear anything more concrete, I'm with the faction that believes the GD's and Alexei didn't receive more than a stern talking to - something along the line of which "I'm very disappointed in you" (which I think would devastate any of the GD's, with the exception perhaps of Anastatia!) which judging from the remorseful letters from some of the GD's to Alix, certainly seemed to be enough.   :'(
They were simply too soft-hearted for that when it came to their children.   :)
Janet R.

Tsarevich Alexei Nicholaievich / Re: Alexei's friends and love life
« on: March 12, 2005, 12:09:07 AM »

I believe it is Kolya Derevenko.

Having Fun! / Re: Forum Members part 2
« on: March 09, 2005, 06:09:51 PM »
 :) :)

Many, many thanks Helen for posting my "not so favorite" picture of myself  (see a few posts up)!   :-X ;D

I tried unsuccessfully to figure out the picture posting procedure by myself, and then happily gave in when Helen offered to do it for me! ;D

Despite my distance from the mainland and the lack of bookstores in my area - I manage, mostly thru the Internet, to keep up my passion for the Romanovs.  :D

This board is a FANTASTIC source of info and there are so many knowledgeable people who frequent it....I feel berefit if I have to stay away from it for more than a day!

So, just a tiny bit about myself.  I live on the island of Kaua'i, in the Hawaiian Islands.  It is a small island and very beautiful and lush.  I've lived here for 7 years and I absolutely cannot even imagine moving back to the mainland - I think I'd go out of my mind!  I haven't even been back for a visit in 4 years!  So, no I don't have what some people call "Island Fever" - rather the reverse I think!  :D

I work part-time at our local museum - and am scheduled in fact to give a "talk" for 2 hours (yikes!) on the Hawaiian Monarchy in a couple of weeks.  I am going to be cramming big time for that!  It will be my first big public speaking endeavor!  :-X

My big interests are the Hawaiian Monarchy (particularly Princess Ka'iulani Cleghorn), the Romanov and Windsor families....I also study hula and Hawaiian culture and do the narration for the torchlighting ceremony at the Hyatt Regency here on the South Side of the island.  

I'm married, no kids, but one kitten which we recently adopted from our Humane Society after losing our 20 year old kitty companion in December.  It is certainly different with a kitten - what sleep?   :P

'Kay, I'm through - I hope I haven't bored everybody into a stupor!   ::)
Janet Rasmussen


This book is sooo hard to find!   :-/

I have been on a "waiting list" for it at forever (almost a year!) and nothing yet.  I also have yet to find it on EBay........if anyone has a good suggestion other than those 2 outlets, please let me know.

I have also tried in vain to locate it in any of our State's libraries - I guess it IS a collector's item! :(

Best Regards,
Janet R.
"koloagirl"   8)

Olga Nicholaievna / Re: Olga Teaching German???
« on: March 03, 2005, 06:36:29 PM »
 :) :)

Dear Katie:

Thank you for the reply.  Darn - that is probably the book that I MEANT to order from and ended up with this spy novel! :P

Sounds like a good book to have on hand - I'll have to try again!  Then again, I bet it was more than the about $5.00 I paid on Amazon for the one I have! ;)

Thanks again!
Janet R. 8)

Olga Nicholaievna / Re: Olga Teaching German???
« on: March 03, 2005, 06:04:52 PM »
 :) :)

Forgive me - but isn't "House of Special Purpose" by Christopher Hyde -  a fictional book - kind of a intrigue spy type novel?

I ordered it from and thumbed thru the paperback (with kind of a lurid looking cover) and it just looked like some type of spy/treasure type novel because everything I read had to do with some agents in WWII?  Should I put it back on my shelf to read?  :-/

I have the Sydney Gibbes book called  "The Romanovs & Mr. Gibbes" by Frances Welch - I also ordered from  It was what I expected - a bio of Mr. Gibbes and in particular his life with the IF.  It does quote from him extensively, leading me to think there was a book published by him.

I'm confused - help!  :-/
Janet R.

Tsarevich Alexei Nicholaievich / Re: His Manners and Behaviour
« on: February 07, 2005, 07:58:56 PM »
 :) :D

Isn't that why those of us who admire the IF and think they were so very likeable - like them?  Because we can see good and bad in them, just like normal, everyday human beings?  I know I do!  ;D

Dear BBall33:

You are right, one of the celebrations for the coronation of Nicholas and Alexandra was a big "give away" of souvenirs and food/drink at a field called Khodynskoye Pole - there was a stampede and at least 1300 people were killed.

Nicholas and Alexandra were shocked and horrified when they found out and didn't want to go to the French Ambassador's Ball that night, but due to pressure by his Uncles and foreign policy concerns, they did go and were MUCH criticized for it.  

It started out their reign on a decidedly poor note.
Janet R.

Alexandra Feodorovna / Re: Alix's dreams
« on: January 28, 2005, 11:30:35 PM »

Let us not forget also that Alexandra was brought up in large part by her grandmama, Queen Victoria.  

Now we all now that Queen Victoria spent 40 years of her life (more or less) bringing the art of mourning (in her case, Prince Albert) to a high art - so Alix would have been exposed to that as well.  

I was reading "Victoria's Daughters" recently and I recall how I believe 2 years after Albert's death, a joke or any kind of gaiety at the dinner or breakfast table was considered in bad taste - as they were still expected to be in deep mourning.

Any wonder that Alix, both with those genes, and that upbringing, would be a morbid personality!
Janet R.

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